Alex Lange of Lee’s Summit West was selected recently as the Gatorade Missouri Baseball player of the year.
Lange, a senior pitcher and first baseman for the Titans, is the first player from West to receive the honor, which recognizes his accomplishments both on and off the field. Lange is now eligible for Gatorade’s national baseball player of the year award.
The 6-foot-3 195-pound Lange helped the Titans to a 27-4 record and the Class 5 District 13 championship this season. A 2013 Under Armour All-American, Lange posted a 6-0 record through 30 games with a 1.12 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 40 innings. He also compiled a .420 batting average with a home run, 17 RBIs and a .531 on-base percentage. He has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at LSU this fall.
Lange, who maintained a 3.98 grade-point average, is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Lee’s Summit Youth Advisory Board. He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Jessie Rees Foundation to fight childhood cancer and as a youth baseball coach and umpire.
“Alex Lange is the ultimate competitor,” said Titans baseball coach Jay Meyer. “He is a big-game pitcher, a leader and a major cog in our success this year. He is a winner on and off the field.”
The Gatorade Player of the Year program, now in its 29th year, annually recognizes one winner in every state in several different boys and girls sports and awards one national player of the year honor in each one. The selection process is administered by Gatorade sports leadership team in partnership with USA Today High School Sports.